Whilst no Irish competitors gained medals at the 2011 World Junior championships in Astana the Irish team and their Management will gain considerable benefit from watching the new world champions – their own future opponents – in action, on finals day in the Kazakhstan capital; particularly noticeable is the involvement of ‘new’ (to boxing) nations on the podium for medals ceremonies.
Here the sport’s governing body, AIBA, reveals more about the growth of the sport in countries hitherto not known for their boxing prowess, as we bring you up-to-date on the Championships.
After eliminating the pinweight favourite in the quarter-finals, Australia’s Clay Waterman continued his excellent performance to qualify for Saturday’s final with a win against Romania’s Georgan Cezar Tudor. The bout finished in a 6:6 draw but it was Waterman who took the victory on accepted scores.
Iraq’s Karrar Kadhim Al-Sahm already secured an historic boxing medal for his country by winning his quarter-final. But in his semi-final bout he showed that his ambitions are set on gold after he beat the Ukraine’s Dmytro Zamotayev.
The Ukraine’s woes continued as Asror Vohidov of Tajikistan booked his place in the final against the Russian junior national champion by upsetting Oleksandr Melenyuk in the light flyweight division with an emphatic 13:3 victory. This was after Russia’s Vladislav Krasnosheyn had opened the semi-final action with a 13:9 win over Moldova’s Mihail Cvasiuc.
England’s Pat McCormack qualified for the flyweight final after beating Viktor Petrov of the Ukraine. The European Junior Champion will face India’s Naveen Kumar, who was one of the few to eliminate a Russian opponent today with his 13:5 vcitory over Dzhabreil Vizirkha.
The Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial continued his strong run at the tournament with a win over European Schoolboys Championship bronze medallist Eduard Vaga of Belarus inside the distance. Marcial’s light bantamweight quarter-final was stopped by the referee in the first round after his opponent sustained blows to the head. Turkey’s Cengiz Onat booked his place in the final against Marcial by beating Korea’s Sangmyeong Ham 12:7.
Norbert Herczeg secured Hungary’s sole place in the final after inflicting a third loss on the Ukraine for the semi-final day. The Hungarian’s impressive 23:17 victory set him up for a daunting final against home boxer Begzhan Kibitkalyev, who beat Russia’s Artem Melkonyan 12:8.
Russia’s Shamil Malsagov cruised to a 27:12 victory against Adilet Baatyraliyev of Kyrgyzstan to secure a final contest in the lightweight division against Uzbekistan’s Israil Madrinov, who eliminated Kazakhstan’s Ayan Kaibekov by a close 9:7.
In-Pyo Hong eliminated the Ukraine’s Arsen Ablayev by a close 13:12 to set himself up for a final against Aliyor Noraliev of Uzbekistan in the featherweight division. Noraliev dismissed India’s Sandeep Kumar 10:4.
Home boxer Kaiyrgeldi Dautibek bowed out of the competition after a 20:6 loss to Russia’s Tamerlan Magomed in the first light welterweight semi-final. European Junior Champion Isaac McLeod from Sunderland, England also made it through to the final after a close 13:10 win against Korea’s Ju-Hyun Song.
Alexandr Agafonov’s welterweight semi-final was stopped by the referee in the third round after his opponent suffered a barrage of blows to the head. The Russian booked an impressive fifth berth in the finals for his country and will face Turkey’s Osman Aydin in the final. Aydin qualified for the final by accepted scores after his contest against Gor Jevelikyan of Armenia finished 9:9.
Azerbaijan’s Orkhan Mayilli took the decision by accepted scores after his light middleweight semi-final against Italy’s Salvatore Cavallaro finished 7:7 after four rounds. His opponent in the final will be Lendrush Akopyan from Russia, who took an easy 17:6 victory over Korea’s In-Gi Hong.
The Ukraine’s Vladyslav Myhaylov denied Askar Duisaly a place in the middleweight final with a close 12:11 victory against the local boxer. His final opponent will be Turkey’s Omar Dincer, who edged ahead in his all-European semi-final against Germany’s Dimitar Tilev to win 7:6.
Australia’s Jai Opetaia continues to dominate the light heavyweight division and eased himself into the final with a 17:7 victory against Russia’s Ruslan Yurchenkotoday. The light heavyweight final will be without any of the Central Asian powerhouses after Germany’s Melvin Perry beat Uzbekistan’s Akbarjon Meliziy to book his place in the final.
As the home crowd built up their support to a crescendo, Didar Tolegen gave them something to cheer with a 17:13 win over Armenia’s Seryozha Hakobyan in the super heavyweight division. He will be counting on similar support in tomorrow’s final, where he faces Sharipov Oybek from Uzbekistan. Oybek qualified in style after his semi-final against surprise package Daniel Tiarii Tarona came to an early end in the first round.
A total of 15 countries have qualified boxers for the finals, with Europe and Asia equal in strength: 12 boxers from Asian boxing confederation countries and 12 from European confederation countries are represented in the finals, with two boxers representing Australia and Oceania.